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quelea

[ kwee-lee-uh ]
/ ˈkwi li ə /
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noun

any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea(red-billed quelea ), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.

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Origin of quelea

1925–30; <New Latin: genus name (1850; earlier as a species name), perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea quail
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